March, 2012 Newsletter Articles

Software Assurance

Mar 1, 2012 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Software assurance (SwA) is the level of confidence that software is free from vulnerabilities, either intentionally designed into the software or accidentally inserted at any time during its life cycle, and that the software functions in the intended manner. The Department of Homeland Security sponsors a Software Assurance web site to enable greater resilience of cyber assets. Software is essential to the operation of the Nation’s critical infrastructure. Vulnerabilities in software can jeopardize intellectual property, consumer trust,...

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SPCC Plan Review

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If you have a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan, the EPA requires you to review your plan at least every 5 years. This review gives you an opportunity to see if your plan needs amending based on more effective prevention and control technology. Plans must also be amended when there is a change in the facility design, construction, operation, or maintenance that materially affects its potential for a discharge. According to the Enviro.BLR.com web site, some frequently asked questions on amending an SPCC plan are: 1. As...

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Spill Notice

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Under the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations, if your facility has discharged more than 1,000 U.S. gallons of oil in a single discharge, or 42 U.S. gallons of oil in two separate discharges occurring within any 12-month period, you are required to submit a notice regarding that spill to your applicable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator within 60 days of the spill or release. In addition to the notice requirements, the EPA may also require you to amend your facility’s SPCC Plan to...

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AS91xx Transition

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The IAQG Other Party Management (OPMT) has updated the Supplement Rules Document (SR001) that provides transition requirements for all stakeholders (e.g., Accreditation Bodies, Certification Bodies, Certified Organizations). The document was updated to incorporate the IAQG Executive Committee’s decision to adjust the consequences for not meeting the July 1, 2012 transition target date. The IAQG Executive Committee’s decision resulted in the following changes: 1. The July 1, 2012 target remains in place, but the suspension process...

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Supplier Delivery

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According to a recent Industry Week article, a manufacturing company’s ability to perform well is directly linked to a well-performing supply chain. Supply chain partners can impact quality, product development, and inventory A failure by suppliers to deliver on time can cause manufacturers to deliver late or carry excess inventory on a just-in-case basis. Neither outcome is good How well do you (as a supplier) and your suppliers compare to those of Industry Week’s Best Plants winners and finalists last year? Their suppliers...

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